It’s Arizona butterflies galore. Gratography members can easily contribute and share the fun by filling out the form below. Register today.
Butterfly identification usually begins with color. Arizona butterflies splits into sections, with buttons at the bottom of the page designating wing color or family.
It’s intended to help all members easily categorize and document their butterfly pictures. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Here’s a list to get the butterfly identification process started.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Arizona butterfly diversity ranks second to none in the United States. Mountains in the south and north along with desert and generally warmer winters makes it a butterfly haven for many butterfly species common across the country along with regional specialities. The Chiricahua White butterfly in the top picture is one of the regional specialities.
Arizona also hosts almost every yellow butterfly species. The list has twenty of them. The picture shows a Tailed Orange butterfly.
Photographing and documenting the three dozen white and yellow butterflies would be enough to keep any tourist happy for weeks. Here’s the list.
Great Southern White
Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Arizona butterflies also means gossamer-wing butterflies. Family Lycaenidae divides into three groups, the blues, hairstreaks and coppers. The list shows over five dozen different species, so tourists will need an extended stay to insure they can even find and photography a small portion of them.
The picture at the top of the section shows a Leda Ministreak. It’s a Southwest specialty.
This next picture shows an Arizona hairstreak, a state namesake with a beautiful set of green wings.
Here’s the entire list of blues, hairstreaks and coppers.
Western Square-dotted Blue
Melissa Blue (includes Karner Blue)
Great Purple Hairstreak
Western Green Hairstreak
Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak
Desert Green Hairstreak
Western Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
Almost one humdred brush footed butterflies call Arizona home. So many butterflies, so little time to find them all. Even hearing about the dozen Crescent species sounds a bit strange to season butterfly watchers. Here’s the list for all who want to get a start on the Arizona butterfly identification process.
Become a member today. Press the Brush-footed butterfly button at the bottom of the page and begin helping us build a great Arizona butterflies resource for all visitors and members. The picture shows an Arizona Sister.
Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral
Arizona Red-spotted Purple
Eumeda (Medial) Patch
Vesta or Graphic Crescent
West Coast Lady
Great Basin Wood-Nymph
Arizona’s warmer climate makes for a diverse Swallowtail butterfly population. Over a dozen different species are documented. The picture shows a Two-tailed Swallowtail, the official state butterfly. They do lack the Parnassian species, because they are the more cold hardy of the swallowtail family species.
- White-dotted Cattleheart
- Pipevine Swallowtail
- Polydamas Swallowtail
- Old World Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Anise Swallowtail
- Indra Swallowtail
- Western Tiger Swallowtail
- Two-tailed Swallowtail
- Three-tailed Swallowtail
- Giant Swallowtail
- Broad-banded Swallowtail Ruby-spotted Swallowtail
Arizona Butterflies: Metalmarks
Many first time visitors to Arizona mightbe a bit confused about the identity of some rather ordinary looking butterflies, the Metalmarks. Metalmark butterflies are mostly a sub-tropical and tropical family. Metalmark diversity is at its highest in the Southwest. Arizona boasts over a dozen different species, including the Arizona Metalmark in the picture. Here’s the list.
- Fatal Metalmark
- Wright’s Metalmark
- Arizona Metalmark
- Bumblebee Metalmark
- Maria’s Metalmark
- Zela Metalmark
- Ares Metalmark
- Mormon Metalmark
- Sonoran Metalmark
- Palmer’s Metalmark
- Hepburn’s Metalmark
- Crescent Metalmark
- Nais Metalmark